The Christian Legal Society (CLS) at Washburn University College of Law is a student chapter of the national Christian Legal Society, whose purposes include fellowship, promoting justice and religious liberty, Biblical conflict resolution, and discipling and nurturing Christian law students. In the fall of 2005, CLS was suspended by the Student Bar Association after a student filed a complaint alleging that CLS violated the University’s non-discrimination policy by requiring members and officers to sign a statement of faith. The Christian Legal Society filed suit in order to protect the chapter’s constitutional rights.
WIN. After ADF allied attorneys at CLS filed a lawsuit in January 2005, the University agreed to a settlement amending its policy to exempt recognized religious student groups from the non-discrimination policy.
Christian student organizations do not have to give up their beliefs simply to be recognized by universities as official campus student groups.
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